I was totally sold on needing skid plates before finding this site…. I liked Eddies theory on stock component’s and only replacing what is known not to survive, meanwhile interweb whores were pimping Patagonia tires, oil catch cans, and anything metalcloak or teraflex they could get their hands on.Yup, the factory skid plates worked great to protect everything that needed protection on this trail
I’ve beat the absolute shit out of the factory skids and they’re still under the Jeep doing their job. Only thing I added was an oil pan / transmission skid & there isn’t one covering that from the factory. Beat the shit out of it too, it had to be straightened before I reinstalled it last time.